Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Tootsie Time

If I could have planned things out a little better I would have definitely spaced out all this spending over several more weeks. However, as fate would have it, it's been 8 weeks since Charlie's last trim and he threw a shoe Saturday afternoon before we brought him up here, so I needed to find a farrier kind of immediately. Luckily my new barn manager has a guy who does her daughter's tricky OTTB so I gave him a call and he was able to come out yesterday afternoon.

Charlie was the perfect gentleman, although in true Charlie fashion he got bored after about 5 minutes and started nibbling on anything he could get his lips on: my arm, the leadrope, the farrier's hair...Anyway, the farrier took one look at his feet and said that Charlie had the best feet he'd seen in a long time: "if only more horses had feet like these..." (cue proud mom moment!)...let's hope New England weather doesn't screw him over :(

I know this is a little dark but I thought it was cool because you get a good look at how solid (and BIG) his feet are and you can also see the remains of where a small abscess came through (stone bruise back in October)...seems to be healing up nicely!

I hemmed and hawed about whether to go for snow pads but, in the end, I opted for the winter shoe set. I figured if I didn't get them we'd have a blizzard tomorrow...and if I did we'd be warm til spring...Murphy's law...Luckily he is fine to go barefoot in back so that did save me some money.

45 minutes and $140 later we had nicely trimmed and winterized tootsies :)
I'll leave you with a shot of him from this morning sporting his brand new blue plaid in his first true turnout (we've had some pretty crappy weather). The paddocks are still pretty muddy as a result but he didn't seem to mind. :)


  1. After all the problems I had with Caesar's feet, I learned that a quality hoof = a lot less stress! I was super impressed with Charlie's feet, even after he lost the shoe. His good feet will save you a lot of stress and money in the long run.

  2. omg look at that cuuuuutttteeee face!

    Henry wants to be friends with mr Charlie ;)